Google announced this past summer that they are moving into health care.
Google Inc. will begin storing the medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service that’s likely to raise more concerns about the volume of sensitive information entrusted to the Internet search leader.
The pilot project to be announced Thursday will involve 1,500 to 10,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic who volunteered to an electronic transfer of their personal health records so they can be retrieved through Google’s new service, which won’t be open to the general public.
Each health profile, including information about prescriptions, allergies and medical histories, will be protected by a password that’s also required to use other Google services such as e-mail and personalized search tools.
Good thing there is no way to compromise a Gmail account. Phew (in case you might have missed it, that was sarcasm). These problems may or may not still exist. Those links are more for demonstrating that there is a track record established. That notwithstanding, I am a Google fan. So, I’m hopeful that they can do this securely but, on the same token I’d rather that they didn’t have my health records. Not entirely comfortable with that idea to be honest. Third party services do not currently fall under HIPAA.
[tags]Google Health Records, Google Health, Google Data Security[/tags]